Unity National School – Founded on Healing Prayer
Unity began in the late 1880s when co-founder, Myrtle Fillmore, discovered the power within ourselves to heal. For most of her life Myrtle had been suffering many symptoms, that today we might call irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, migraines, arthritis, anxiety, as well as other things, that in her day, would have been “lumped together” and labeled as “tuberculosis.”
Myrtle was a sickly child, and grew up in a family that “passed these ailments down” from one generation to another by telling Myrtle that her aunt had suffered such-and-such, or whatever was ailing her was the same thing her grandfather suffered with. As an adult she had been told she would not live to old age. Then she attended a lecture by physician Dr. Eugene B. Weeks when he was giving a class in Kansas City, Missouri in 1886.
She heard within herself the affirmation, “As a child of God, I do not inherit sickness.” She had tried everything to heal but to no avail until she started a regular practice of thinking and talking to her body in a different way. This launched her on her journey of affirmative prayer in order to embody and demonstrate healing and wholeness – it was also the beginning of Unity.